Dozens killed, many wounded in Kabul multiple blasts

Kabul blast: US condemns attack, vows to 'work closely' with Afghanistan to hunt down terrorists

In November an attack on Afghan broadcaster Shamshad TV in Kabul, claimed by the Islamic State group, left at least one person dead and two dozen others wounded. NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Reuters' Kabul bureau chief James Mackenzie for an update on the details of the attack.

"A ceremony was being held to mark the 38th anniversary of Soviet-invasion in Afghanistan when the explosion went off", deputy interior ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi told AFP.

Islamic State also claimed Monday's attack on the National Directorate of Security spy agency in a statement via their Amaq propaganda arm.

Sayed Abbas Hussaini, a journalist at the agency, said there appeared to have been more than one explosion during the attack, following an initial blast at the entrance to the compound.




He said one reporter at the agency had been killed and one injured.

The spokesperson said the building where the attack took place also houses the office of the Sada-E-Afghanistan (Afghan Voice) news agency and a mosque. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid issued statement on Twitter denying involvement.

At least 40 people - reportedly including two children - have been killed after a suicide attack near a cultural center Afghanistan's capital. "Afghanistan struggles to protect its journalists in this increasingly violent civil war", a note on the website said.

Afghan Journalists Safety Committee recently reported a surge in attacks against journalists, with at least 73 cases recorded in 2017, an increase of 35 percent compared with 2016.

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